The Courier-Mail

DEATH TRAP BLAME In­quest told track’s gravel ditch failed to stop speed­ing car


THE fa­ther of a 20-year-old who crashed his high-speed rac­ing car, killing a pro­fes­sional driver, has ex­pressed his re­morse and blamed the track’s gravel “trap” for the hor­ror crash.

David Holzheimer told an in­quest into the death of Sean Ed­wards that the 996 se­ries Porsche GT3 Cup car “should have pulled up”, rather than smash­ing into a con­crete wall at high speed.

The wealthy engi­neer, who runs Del­low Rac­ing, said the death of Ed­wards, who was in the pas­sen­ger seat, and his own son Will’s se­ri­ous in­juries, had been “hor­rific” for his fam­ily.

“It’s very un­for­tu­nate for Sean ... the c car was prob­a­blyb bl de­signed for one per­son and maybe not to have a pas­sen­ger in there,” he said.

“Maybe there have got to be some big changes in mo­tor rac­ing.”

Mr Holzheimer said he hired Ed­wards to fly to Queens­land from Monaco in Oc­to­ber 2013 to coach his sons Chris and Will, book­ing out the en­tire Queens­land Race­way at Wil­low­bank.

Ed­wards’ GoPro cam­era filmed the en­tire ac­ci­dent from in­side the car.

Mr Holzheimer sug­gested to Deputy State Coro­ner John Lock that per­haps coaches should use tech­nol­ogy to teach driv­ers re­motely.

Mr Holzheimer said af­ter the car crashed he rushed over to try to help put out the fire and save his son.

Mr Holzheimer had hired the Queens­land Race­way at Wil­low­bank up to 15 times be­fore as part of his ex­pen­sive hobby.

“We spared no ex­pense on the car,” Mr Holzheimer said.

The in­quiry was told Ed­wards was not wear­ing a full face hel­met, a bal­a­clava or gloves and his race seat and har­ness was not the same as that of the driver.

Mr Holzheimer said the race­track’s gravel trap, de­signed to slow down cars when they left the race­track, was too “easy to drive on” when it should “bog” the car’s wheels.

Ed­wards, who was 26 when he died, was the son of Guy Ed­wards, a well-known driver from the UK who com­peted in three For­mula One races.

Ed­wards died of se­vere head, pelvic and limb in­juries, which a pathol­o­gist be­lieved caused mas­sive blood loss.

It was Ed­wards’ first trip to Aus­tralia and he had tweeted about his ex­cite­ment to visit.

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 ??  ?? HOR­ROR CRASH: Sean Ed­wards (above) died in a car driven by Will Holzheimer (left), who was se­ri­ously in­jured.
HOR­ROR CRASH: Sean Ed­wards (above) died in a car driven by Will Holzheimer (left), who was se­ri­ously in­jured.

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